• Ruto said Uhuru and Raila are not familiar with poverty.
• He added that two have no understanding of the basic needs of ordinary Kenyans.
Deputy President William Ruto has urged the Nairobi residents to turn up in large numbers come August 9, and vote for his presidency.
Ruto, who led the UDA party rallies in Nairobi, said President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga have never tested poverty first-hand.
On that backdrop, the DP said the two have no understanding of the basic needs of ordinary Kenyans who are struggling to eke a living.
“Mimi nataka niwaambie, wale handshake brothers’ hawajawahi kutafuta kazi hata siku moja. Hawajawahi kulala njaa siku moja. Wale handshake brothers hawaelewei umaskini ni nini. Ndio maana tukisema tupangie kazi vijana hawaelewi, wanasema tubadilishe katiba kwanza,”Ruto said.
Loosely translated to: "I want to tell you, those handshake brothers have never sought job opportunities, and they have never gone to bed without food. The handshake brothers don’t understand what poverty is. That’s why when we say we should create jobs for the youths, they prioritise amendment of the Constitution".
At the same time, the DP told the government not to use the Forest Road incident to criminalise the boda boda operation in the country.
The DP added that government should also move with speed to arrest the Kemsa scandal beneficiaries, just as they handled the Forest Road case.
“Wale walifanya kitendo ya kinyama hapa Forest Road kwa wamama ni sawa sawa na wale waliiba pesa ya Kemsa. Kaa Yule anayetafutwa hapa, pia wale wa Kemsa scandal mao wafungwe,” Ruto said.
This loosely translates to:
"Those who assaulted a woman here at Forest Road are like the people who stole Kemsa's money. Just like the Forest Road suspects, they should be arrested as well."
“We must elect the leaders who understand the problems of Kenyans, not the children of the privileged.”
The DP defended the boda boda riders saying that his government will ensure that they access loans to support their businesses.
Ruto was accompanied by a number of leaders including Nairobi Senator Johnston Sakaja, Nominated Senator Millicent Omanga, Starehe MP Charle Jaguar, Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro among others.